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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

Third Position Re:Not a real (earth)worm. (200 comments)

"Ringworm" is a fungal infection, nothing to do with worms at all. These are not earthworms, true, but they are real worms - generally small, and often parasitic, but worms nevertheless.

Teach them to vote, and the Democrats will have a new constituency to pander to.

about a week ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Third Position Re:Well duh. (293 comments)

It's called Passover Syndrome. And it ain't pretty.

about a month and a half ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Third Position Don't feed the parasites! (316 comments)

Good for Microsoft! Why should they be paying any more of the money the earned (and not even in the US) to those that decidedly did not earn it than they absolutely have to?

about 3 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Third Position Re:Don't take the bait! (327 comments)

Apparently he's learned his lesson, given that Spacex is building it's new spaceport in Texas.

You tell me - which do think is going to employ more people and contribute more to an economy? Corporate offices, or factories and space ports?

about 3 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Third Position Don't take the bait! (327 comments)

If Musk is as smart as I think he is, he's not gonna touch California with a ten foot pole no matter what they dangle in front of his nose. Don't feed the parasites! Just let the bloodsuckers collapse under the weight of their own stupidity. He'd be doing the rest of the country one huge favor.

about 3 months ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Third Position Re:IQ != Intelligence (541 comments)

You're simply playing semantic games. IQ has a very high correlation with life outcomes. If you don't want to define intelligence as the capacity to successfully manage one's life, that's fine, but they're certainly measuring a helluva lot more than just the capacity to take IQ tests.

about 3 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Third Position Re:Appre (225 comments)

"Highly skilled" does not necessarily mean "highly in demand". Given that there are highly skilled Americans that can't find work, yes I will argue they're bad for America.

about 4 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Third Position Socialism? Couldn't be! (619 comments)

A philosophy grounded in parasitism tends to bring out the sleazy in it's adherents? Who'd ever believe it!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Third Position Making room for the H1-B's ... (272 comments)

...that Bill Gates says we desperately need .

about 4 months ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Third Position Re:this is a good thing (230 comments)

Mostly products that were directly attributable to capitalism and technology. What did liberal democracy have to do with any of that? Did somebody vote the steam engine into existence?

about 4 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Third Position Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

Why is it that every magazine with "business" in the title always turns out to be to the left of Stalin?

about 6 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Third Position Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

"Autocracy is universal and cannot be repealed, only concealed."
--Mencius Moldbug

about 7 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Third Position Re:Right! (581 comments)

We'll, maybe they can't all be coders.... But I'm sure there are plenty of openings for liberal arts professors.

about 7 months ago
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IBM's Watson To Be Used For Cancer Treatment

Third Position Re:Why is Watson needed for this? (46 comments)

It's not a matter of whether cancer research needs Watson, it's a matter of IBM having dumped a large amount of R&D dollars into a solution in search of a problem. This is merely a last-ditch effort to make it pay off.

about 8 months ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

Third Position Re:Ah yes, lower the standard of living to fix it! (516 comments)

I strongly suspect the Greenspan comment was a veiled sarcasm that didn't quite register in print. Income equality has never struck me as being one of his primary concerns.

about 8 months ago
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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

Third Position Re:Fascists (250 comments)

Unfortunately, beheading Charles didn't end well for the English, either. Note that that was their last experiment with a republic.

about 8 months ago

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Race Is Real. What Does that Mean for Society?

Third Position Third Position writes  |  about 7 months ago

Third Position (1725934) writes ""Recent, copious and regional." These are three words, according to New York Times science correspondent Nicholas Wade, that describe human evolution. That is, our development as a species has continued to the present, has involved significant changes, and (at least until modern travel became available) proceeded separately in each part of the world.

Or, in other words: Your eyes aren't fooling you, and those sociology and cultural-anthropology professors you had in college were full of it. Human races exist.

Wade has been gently broaching this subject for a long time, regularly reporting new genetic findings on the pages of the Times and even including a chapter on race in his terrific 2006 book Before the Dawn. But in his new work, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, he dives in head-first. He covers everything, from the hard facts that establish the biological reality of race to highly speculative theories about how, exactly, racial groups might differ from each other genetically."

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Occupy founder calls on Obama to appoint Eric Schmidt 'CEO of America'

Third Position Third Position writes  |  about 8 months ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "One of the co-founders of the Occupy Wall Street movement has called on Barack Obama to resign as president, and “appoint Eric Schmidt CEO of America”.

Justine Tunney, a self-styled “champagne tranarchist”, is now a software engineer at Google, but remains involved with Occupy Wall Street, through the occupywallst.org website, which she created."

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Scientists find the first gene which appears to be linked to intelligence

Third Position Third Position writes  |  about 9 months ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "A gene which may make people more intelligent has been discovered by scientists.
Researchers have found that teenagers who had a highly functioning NPTN gene performed better in intelligence tests.
It is thought the NPTN gene indirectly affects how the brain cells communicate and may control the formation of the cerebral cortex, the outermost layer of the human brain, also known as ‘grey matter.’"

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Geeks for Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

Third Position Third Position writes  |  1 year,1 day

Third Position (1725934) writes "Many of us yearn for a return to one golden age or another. But there’s a community of bloggers taking the idea to an extreme: they want to turn the dial way back to the days before the French Revolution.

Neoreactionaries believe that while technology and capitalism have advanced humanity over the past couple centuries, democracy has actually done more harm than good. They propose a return to old-fashioned gender roles, social order and monarchy."

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Japanese produce element 113

Third Position Third Position writes  |  about 2 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "The most unambiguous data to date on the elusive 113th atomic element has been obtained by researchers at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-based Science (RNC). A chain of six consecutive alpha decays, produced in experiments at the RIKEN Radioisotope Beam Factory (RIBF), conclusively identifies the element through connections to well-known daughter nuclides. The search for superheavy elements is a difficult and painstaking process. Such elements do not occur in nature and must be produced through experiments involving nuclear reactors or particle accelerators, via processes of nuclear fusion or neutron absorption. Since the first such element was discovered in 1940, the United States, Russia and Germany have competed to synthesize more of them. Elements 93 to 103 were discovered by the Americans, elements 104 to 106 by the Russians and the Americans, elements 107 to 112 by the Germans, and the two most recently named elements, 114 and 116, by cooperative work of the Russians and Americans. With their latest findings, associate chief scientist Kosuke Morita and his team at the RNC are set follow in these footsteps and make Japan the first country in Asia to name an atomic element."
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Cringely predicts IBM will shed 78% of US employees by 2015

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "Cringely with more predictions about IBM: "The direct impetus for this column is IBM’s internal plan to grow earnings-per-share (EPS) to $20 by 2015. The primary method for accomplishing this feat, according to the plan, will be by reducing US employee head count by 78 percent in that time frame." So far, Cringely's pronouncements about IBM have been approximately true, even if he missed the exact numbers and timeframes. Is he right this time?"
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EEOC: High school diploma requirement might violat

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Third Position writes "Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warning them that requiring a high school diploma from a job applicant might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. Employers could run afoul of the ADA if their requirement of a high school diploma screens out an individual who is unable to graduate because of a learning disability that meets the ADA's definition of disability, the EEOC explained."
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Apple investigating fuel-cell-powered MacBooks

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Third Position writes "The prospect of fuel-cell-powered MacBooks and other devices was raised in a pair of Apple patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and discovered by AppleInsider this week. They are entitled "Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device" and "Fuel Cell System Coupled to a Portable Computing Device.""
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Better brain wiring linked to family genes

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "How well our brain functions is largely based on our family’s genetic makeup, according to a University of Melbourne led study.

The study published in the international publication The Journal of Neuroscience provides the first evidence of a genetic effect on how ‘cost-efficient’ our brain network wiring is, shedding light on some of the brain’s make up.

Lead author Dr. Alex Fornito from the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre at the University of Melbourne said the findings have important implications for understanding why some people are better able to perform certain tasks than others and the genetic basis of mental illnesses and some neurological diseases."

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MacBook owner puts dancing thief on YouTube

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "One and a half months ago, somebody walked off with Mark Bao's MacBook Air, which had been left unattended in a Bentley University lounge. Normally, this episode would have been entirely unremarkable except for a victim understandably frustrated, angry — and out-of-pocket to the tune of $1,000-plus. But Bao wasn't your typical 18-year-old freshman. He knew his way around a keyboard — and then some.

He had taken the precaution of installing online backup software (called BackBlaze) on the computer and that now allowed him to gain entry into the purloined machine's browser history as well as to view its hard drive where he could track any updates. "It was still backing up files when I logged in on Sunday," he said in an email to CBSNews.com."From the files on the computer and some legwork, I was able to track down who (the thief) was, his Facebook page, his email, and the (now) infamous videos," Bao noted."

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Senators to Apple: Pull iPhone DUI checkpoint aler

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "Four U.S. senators Tuesday called on Apple to yank iPhone and iPad apps that help drunken drivers evade police, saying the programs are "harmful to public safety."

Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Tom Udall (D-NM) asked Scott Forstall, the head of Apple's iPhone software group, to pull an unspecified number of apps from the company's App Store. The senators also made similar requests of Google's CEO Eric Schmidt and Research in Motion's (RIM) co-CEOs, James Balsillie and Michael Lazaridis.

"Giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of public concern," the senators said in a letter to the executives at the three companies. "We hope that you will give our request to remove these applications from your store immediate consideration.""

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Poll: 52% Say Space Shuttle Program Has Been Worth

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 52% of Adults say the space shuttle program has been worth the expense to taxpayers. Twenty-eight percent (28%) disagree and feel the program has not been worth the expense. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.

The number of Americans who feel the program has been worth what it cost is up 12 points from early January, when just 40% felt that way.

When it comes to cutting back on space exploration, Americans are evenly divided. Forty-one percent (41%) believe the United States should cut back on space exploration, down nine points from January, but an equal number (41%) disagree. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure."

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U.S. To Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "Despite President Obama's pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $36 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.
Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs.
Under director Rajiv Shah, the United States Agency for International Development will partner with private outsourcers in Sri Lanka to teach workers there advanced IT skills like Enterprise Java (Java EE) programming, as well as skills in business process outsourcing and call center support. USAID will also help the trainees brush up on their English language proficiency."

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Adventures in Very Recent Evolution

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "Ten thousand years ago, people in southern China began to cultivate rice and quickly made an all-too-tempting discovery — the cereal could be fermented into alcoholic liquors. Carousing and drunkenness must have started to pose a serious threat to survival because a variant gene that protects against alcohol became almost universal among southern Chinese and spread throughout the rest of China in the wake of rice cultivation.

The variant gene rapidly degrades alcohol to a chemical that is not intoxicating but makes people flush, leaving many people of Asian descent a legacy of turning red in the face when they drink alcohol.

Many have assumed that humans ceased to evolve in the distant past, perhaps when people first learned to protect themselves against cold, famine and other harsh agents of natural selection. But in the last few years, biologists peering into the human genome sequences now available from around the world have found increasing evidence of natural selection at work in the last few thousand years, leading many to assume that human evolution is still in progress."

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Journalists plot to kill stories critical of Obama

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama's relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama's conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, "Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.""

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IBM execs named in $100M racketeering suit

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "A Pennsylvania-based information technology partner of IBM is suing the technology giant for some $100 million, alleging a Ponzi scheme and racketeering.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Pennsylvania on June 16, Devon IT accused IBM and several senior executives by name of misusing $12 million that Devon invested in two IBM projects.

“As part of their scheme, the RICO Defendants intentionally misrepresented the market potential of the products they touted and continued to demand funding from Devon – an admittedly smaller company with less resources than IBM – even after the RICO Defendants secretly canceled at least one of the subject development projects,” the company alleges in the suit."

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Microsoft's exploited Chinese workforce

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "Showing Chinese sweatshop workers slumped over their desks with exhaustion, it is an image that Microsoft won't want the world to see.
Employed for gruelling 15-hour shifts, in appalling conditions and 86f heat, many fall asleep on their stations during their meagre ten-minute breaks.
For as little as 34p an hour, the men and women work six or seven days a week, making computer mice and web cams for the American multinational computer company.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1266643/Microsofts-Chinese-workforce-tired-stay-awake.html#ixzz0lSV01sy3"

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Russia doubles price for launching US astronauts

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "NASA on Tuesday signed a contract to pay $55.8 million per astronaut for six Americans to fly into space on Russian Soyuz capsules in 2013 and 2014. NASA needs to get rides on Russian rockets to the International Space Station because it plans to retire the space shuttle fleet later this year. NASA now pays half as much, about $26.3 million per astronaut, when it uses Russian ships."
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Test Proves General Theory of Relativity Wrong

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "According to Einstein's theory of general relativity, a moving mass should create another field, called gravitomagnetic field, besides its static gravitational field. This field has now been measured for the first time and to the scientists' astonishment, it proved to be no less than one hundred million trillion times larger than Einstein's General Relativity predicts."
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'Oceans of diamonds' on Uranus and Neptune

Third Position Third Position writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Third Position (1725934) writes "The Telegraph reports Oceans of liquid diamond topped with solid "icebergs" of the precious gems could be on Uranus and Neptune. The first ever detailed research into the melting point of diamond found it behaves like water during melting and freezing — with its solid form floating on the liquid.
A large diamond ocean on one or both of the planets could provide an explanation for an oddity they both share. The two giant gas planets, unlike Earth, do not have magnetic poles which match up with their geographical poles."

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